Vision Statement: “The American Legion: Veterans Strengthening America”

Mission Statement: “To enhance the well-being of America’s veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.”

About The American Legion:  With a current membership of nearly two million veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 12,000 posts across the nation.

If you have served on federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving – you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!

*Because eligibility dates remain open, all active duty, Guard, & Reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.

**U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).

SSG Michael A. Dickinson, II Post 257, The American Legion, is a Veterans Service Organization that focuses on supporting our Nation’s Veteran population and our community. Post 257 meetings are held the 2nd Monday @ 6:30 pm at 7475 B Drive N.

Meet Michael A. Dickinson, II …..A Local Hero

Michael Dickinson

As a young boy growing up in Emmett Township, Michael A. Dickinson, II always knew he would serve his country as a Soldier in the United States Army.  The education that was provided to Michael by his Family, his Community, and his Educators, was instrumental in developing his unparalleled sense of Duty, Honor, and Love for Country.

As a 1998 Alumni of Harper Creek Community Schools, SSG Dickinson’s Love for Country was forever engraved in our hearts on July 17, 2006 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when he made the Ultimate Sacrifice for the Freedoms we take for granted.

Following SSG Dickinson’s example of Service before self, SSG Michael A. Dickinson, II Post 257 is honored to provide our Community with a new Veteran Oriented Community Center.

Situated in Emmett Charter Township, directly across the street from the same classrooms that inspired our Post’s Namesake, this Community Center is quickly becoming a focal point of our Community, providing the following:

You Proudly Served your Nation...Now You Can Serve Your Community!

· Center of Veteran/Community Outreach Programs

· Center of Patriotic Education & Activities

· Center of American Legion Student Programs & Scholarship Opportunities

· Center of Veteran, Service Member & Family Services


· Accredited Service Officers
· GI Bill Education Benefits
· Career Services

National Defense

· Troop & Family Support
· Temporary Financial Assistance
· Military Retiree Advocacy (TRICARE)

Children & Youth

· Boys State & Boys Nation
· Student Scholarships
· Veterans in the Classroom


· Support of US Constitution
· Patriotic Community Activities
· Respect for US Flag
 Make a difference in your Community with your Membership in The American Legion Today! CLICK HERE to Join Now
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